Jake Fromm takes center stage at NFL combine, some experts already believers
INDIANAPOLIS — It’s Jake Fromm’s day to throw at the NFL combine in Lucas Oil Stadium, and the former Georgia quarterback can’t wait.
“It will be fun to go out there and do my best,” said Fromm, whose arm strength came under scrutiny last week when ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said his draft stock would hinge on his combine performance.
“I love throwing fade balls, and I love throwing out cuts, those are probably two of my favorites.”
The quarterbacks and receivers throwing session will begin at 4 p.m. (TV: NFL Network), with some putting more stock in the performances than others.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians, guarding against combine darlings: “You might run a 4.3, but your tape says you’re 4.6. You might run a 4.6, but your tape says you’re 4.4. The tape don’t lie. The combine lies. You can fall in love at the combine and get your ass broke.”
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Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL scout Jim Nagy, who’s providing combine commentary for ESPN this week, told DawgNation last week he has seen enough to be impressed with Fromm.
“He doesn’t have the size or the arm strength of a Justin Herbert, but his arm is stronger than I gave it credit for,” Nagy said. “He’s such a quick processor. To watch this guy go through his progressions, he knows exactly where to go with the football. There’s no delay when he goes from one, to two, to three.
Jake is so smooth with his eyes, so decisive, he’s very accurate, he has a great feel in the pocket, and he’s mobile enough.”
Nagy watched film of Fromm himself to come to his conclusions, pointing out like many others that Fromm’s supporting cast played a role in some of his perceived shortcomings.
Former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason, now a host on Atlanta Sports X radio 106.3 FM/1230AM, said he doesn’t need to see the combine workout to know what to think of Fromm.
“A guy like Jake Fromm doesn’t need to throw at the combine, the interviews are by far the most important part,” Mason told DawgNation last week. “So Mel Kiper said the most important thing is to show the arm strength. But did he break down the throws? Did he watch ? How many big arm throws do you need to see from Jake? Eight, nine, 15?
“I don’t think arm strength is a question.”
Mason, like Nagy, pointed to an inadequate receiver corps that was often not on the same page as the biggest reason from Fromm’s late-season fade after Lawrence Cager was injured.
“Jake ran into an inexperienced wide receiver corps and a coach who wanted to play small ball and play defense,” Mason said. “He was not the issue, and that’s part of the reason Jake left, I think.
“He had receivers leaving, a lot of freshmen coming in, a running back leaving, a lot of linemen leaving.”
Mason said he believes Fromm will “sneak into the first round” before the NFL draft process is over with.
The NFL draft takes place April 23-25 in Las Vegas.
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